Rugby League: Super League Glory for Leeds Rhinos?

Aidan Sezer believes his partnership with close friend Blake Austin could potentially make Leeds Rhinos a title-winning force in 2022.

The Aussie duo are close friends from their time together playing for Canberra Raiders and have now been reunited at Headingley.

Sezer has arrived from Huddersfield Giants and Austin has joined from Warrington Wolves, giving Richard Agar’s side a new combination in the halves.

With James Bentley having signed from St Helens and NRL winger David Fusitu’a also Leeds-bound, hopes are high that the eight-time Grand Final winners can emerge as serious challengers once again.

Leeds are 8/1 with Coral to be crowned champions this season and Sezer said: “On paper we’ve got a strong team, but we need to make sure that we’re doing the hard work to set ourselves some foundations for a good year.

“We’ve recruited really well and we’ve spoke about how we believe we’re going to be a good team, so now we need to work hard to make it happen.

“Austin and I played together at Canberra for four years, and he was my room-mate during that time, so we know each other pretty well on a personal level.

“But we haven’t been together for a few years and so this time in pre-season is about getting on the same page with each other, and all the other boys in our squad, to make sure we’re a solid team.

“Having Blake here definitely helps, though, because he’s one of my best mates.”

Sezer will play at stand-off next season with Austin taking up the scrum-half position after the pair were handed the number six and seven squad numbers respectively.

“We’ve got good contrasting styles,” said Sezer.

“I like to control the boys, get my hands on the ball and free Blake up to get his running game going.

“I think we complement each other and that was one of the big factors in me coming to Leeds.”

Having Sean Long, one of the finest half-backs of the Super League era, on the Rhinos’ coaching staff will also serve to benefit Sezer.

“Working with Longy is awesome because he’s one of the greats over here,” said Sezer.

“Growing up back in Australia, I knew a bit about him and the great St Helens team that he played in.

“To be able to pick Longy’s brains on a daily basis is only going to benefit me as a half.

“Hopefully as I get a bit older, I can transition into coaching and pick his brains on that too.”